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Not Even Safe After Death

Believe it or not, you can become the victim of identity theft even after your death. In fact, it may be easier to become a victim of identity theft after death. In order to obtain the Social Security number of a deceased person, a criminal simply goes to the Social Security Master Death Index, which can be easily accessed at no cost online, and enters the name of the deceased. Hit “Submit,” and in a moment, the Social Security numbers and dates of birth for people with the name entered will appear. Identity thieves merely get names from the obituaries in the newspaper, go to the Social Security Master Death Index and get the information necessary to perform a quick identity theft before the credit reporting agencies, credit card companies or others are even aware that a death has occurred.

For years, pranksters still holding a grudge against former President Richard Nixon have used his Social Security number whenever required to provide a Social Security number but not wishing to cooperate. In order to check this out, I went to the Social Security Master Death Index and was able to get his Social Security number, which is 567-68-0515.


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